Displaying various hues of yellow, orange, bright red and purple—often on the same branch—its foliage is a stand-out of the autumn season. Even the distinctive bark, which resembles alligator hide, adds visual and textural interest. And while its blooms may not seem noteworthy, bees will be very appreciative of the presence of this tree, as it serves as an important late-spring food source. The Black Gum (black tupelo) grows well in in acidic, moist, rich, sandy, and well-drained soils. This tree grows at a slow to medium rate, with height increases of anywhere from less than 12″ to 24″ per year. The Black Gum (black tupelo) grows to a height of 30–50 feet and a spread of 20–30 feet at maturity. Full sun and partial shade are best for this tree.
Ships bare root